Vince Vawter to speak at UT tonight; won Newbery Honor this morning!

Local author Vince Vawter will be at UTK tonight (Monday, Jan. 27) to talk about his book “Paperboy.” Interestingly, Mr. Vawter received a phone call just this morning from the American Library Association informing him that his book was a Newbery Honor Book.  

The Newbery Award represents the highest honor in American literature for children. The award also represents the work of a committee of talented librarians who read, evaluate and scrutinize the previous years' crop of books looking for the best of the best. Please join us for tonight's lecture in the College of Communication's Patrick Auditorium at 7pm to help us congratulate Mr. Vawter on this incredible honor and accomplishment.

“Paperboy,” set in 1959 Memphis, Tenn., is about an 11-year-old boy whose severe stutter causes complications when he takes over his friend’s paper route for part of summer. The boy’s time delivering papers changes his character and his outlook as he develops relationships with his neighbors, gains a sense of self, and witnesses a crime that puts him and his loved ones in danger.

Although intended for a younger audience, Vawter believes “Paperboy” can be enjoyed by all ages. Vawter, a native of Memphis who now lives in the foothills of the Great Smoky Mountains, retired after working in newspapers for 40 years. During his career he served as the president and publisher of the Evansville, Ind., Courier & Press, president of the board of directors of the Hoosier State Press Association, managing editor of The Knoxville News Sentinel and news editor of the Memphis Press-Scimitar.